Consultant Biographies

Group
 
Rachel Alaynick
Rachel Alaynick
Major: Economics & Cognitive Science

Rachel Alaynick is a sophomore with a soft spot for all things comedy. When not at CWPD or laughing at stand-up comedy, you can find her hiking, skydiving, nerding out over court cases, or reenacting scenes from The Office. Rachel loves helping writers at any stage of the writing process, especially in brainstorming, as thinks it's the toughest (and most rewarding) stage. If you're looking for someone to bounce ideas off of, review your work with a hawklike attention to detail, or laugh at all your jokes, Rachel's your girl.

 
Shreya Bhatnagar
Shreya Bhatnagar
Major: Psychology and International Relations

Shreya is a sophomore hailing from the (sometimes) sunny city of Bangalore, India. She has a soft spot for dark humor, Broadway musicals, classic rock, and spontaneously bursting into song and dance on the street. Her favorite part of the writing process is a tie between organizing or brainstorming written works and she is also experienced at calming down stressed-out writers (having learned how to do so from personal experience). She's also ridiculously good at making puns but has accepted that no pun can ever be a “good” pun. Puns are just “conversational candy.”

 
Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis
Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis
Major: IR and Art

Aiyanna grew up running along muddy trails in the PNW, in Oregon. She has now transitioned to drier and dustier trails in Southern California where she also enjoys hiking up mountains, swimming in the ocean, camping in the desert, and discovering new and interesting musical and visual artists. At Claremont, Aiyanna studies Studio Art and International Relations, because she loves finding ways seemingly different things intersect and can be melded together. She’s spent the last few years exploring this intersection in Latin America and Eastern Africa on her breaks and during her semester abroad. Finding ways to weave things together and communicate new ideas is what excites her about writing. Listening and learning from your ideas and helping to focus and polish them at any stage of the writing process is what she enjoys most about tutoring at the CWPD. Come talk to her about writing, your travels, adventures, and ideas; she loves hearing your perspectives and insights on foreign relations, the environment, art, and anything you would like to share with her.

 
Elena Castellanos
Elena Castellanos
Major: Government

Elena was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her passion for public service and public policy has led her to study Government at CMC. On campus, Elena can be seen picking up a Coconut Crème Bowl of Soul at the Motley, nerding out over the latest redistricting news for her research at the Rose Institute, or attempting to stay on beat during spin at Roberts. Elena loves listening to political podcasts, re-watching West Wing episodes, and yelping her next food adventure. She likes to learn about the various topics students are writing about at CMC and to help students develop their voices through writing.

 
Sarah Ceja
Sarah Ceja
Major: Literature

Sarah is a first-year from Los Angeles, California. She is a literature major who aspires to one day become a teacher and a published author. On campus, she is involved with the CCE Tutoring Program, The Children's School, Mi Gente, and 1Gen. Aside from writing, Sarah enjoys learning new songs on the guitar, analyzing any and all types of poetry, discovering new music, and exploring all of the best places to eat in Los Angeles. She loves being part of the CWPD community and getting to know you all better through writing!

 
Michael Choi
Michael Choi
Major: Economics/Accounting

Michael Choi is a junior at CMC, born and raised in the sunny hills and beaches of Southern California. Unable to handle frigid winters (defined as any temperature less than 75 degrees (F)) Michael is thrilled to spend another 4 years in Southern California. As an Economics and Accounting major, he is usually cranking out Econ problem sets and Excel sheets between the hours of 1 and 3 am. When not working at the CWPD or consulting for SOURCE Non-Profit Consulting, he can also be found watching Kitchen Nightmares, while simultaneously surfing Yelp restaurant reviews. Michael looks forward to welcoming everyone to the CWPD and hearing their stories!

 
Seoyoon Choi
Seoyoon Choi
Major:International Relations & Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Seoyoon is a junior studying International Relations and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Seoyoon was born and raised in South Korea but also lived in Maryland during her middle school years (she concluded that west coast really is the best coast). Outside of CWPD, she enjoys listening to podcasts, looking at pictures of food, and reading mystery novels, so please give her recommendations on any of those three. Seoyoon is excited to work with CMC students and get to know them as writers!

 
Rishi Raj Deva
Rishi Raj Deva
Major: Deciding

Rishi is sophomore from India aspiring to major in PPE. He has always been fond of writing and loves to read others' work not only to help them, but also gain invaluable insights to further improve his own writing. Rishi's strengths lie in critical and analytical writing but he also enjoys all forms of expressive writing and can often be found writing on just about anything when academics can spare him. He understands how difficult it is to show your writing to another person and, in this regard, appreciates any and all writing by identifying the strengths in the work while pinpointing areas where there may be room for improvement. He strongly believes in working with, rather than for, others and makes sure to fully include the writer in each consultation. Outside the CWPD, Rishi can be seen religiously attempting to get bigger at Roberts or sitting in on every second dinner at the Ath, and serving every other to facilitate his copious expenditures on travelling.

 
Danielle Dominguez
Danielle Dominguez
Major: Literature & History

Danielle is a junior studying Literature and History. She grew up in Burbank, CA and loves that she gets to enjoy the California sunshine for a few more years. You can normally find her working at the Ath (mostly in the kitchen making chocolate covered strawberries!), reading fiction novels, drinking her daily cups of coffee, and watching Westworld. She looks forward to working with students at the CWPD on the writing process and helping them gain confidence in their work. Feel free to say hello when you see her around campus!

 
Romi Ferder
Romi Ferder
Major: Psychology & Philosophy

Romi is a sophomore from the endlessly fascinating city of Irvine, CA. She is majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, but has racked up an impressive number of science classes that will be useful for neither major. Romi enjoys Parks and Recreation, doing the sprinkler dance for no apparent reason, and talking so fast she sounds like the Swedish Chef. Romi also frequently trips over air and falls out of chairs. She does not enjoy this. Romi loves to talk to new people and can't wait to see you at the CWPD!

 
Devon Fox
Devon Fox
Majors: Philosophy and Legal or Film Studies

Devon Fox is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, planning on dual majoring in Philosophy and either Legal Studies or Film Studies. When not in that desert, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling, and while in this desert he'll settle for music, movies, spending time with friends, and exploring the greater LA area. When he's not consulting at the CWPD, he might be taking pictures, reading movie reviews, listening to "Fresh Air" on NPR, or discussing the morality of pretty much anything.

 
Kandace Fung
Kandace Fung
Majors: Biology and Literature

Kandace is from Corona, California, a city just 40 minutes away from Claremont. She is involved with Asian Pacific American Mentors (APAM), Taiko, American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), and Vituity, a scribing program. She dreams of becoming a physician while writing best-selling novels in her free time. Besides creative writing, she loves spoken word, drinking tea, having wholesome conversations, and finding good food places. She enjoys interacting with new people and collaborating on writing with others.

 
Gabe Gluskin-Braun
Gabe Gluskin-Braun
Major: Undeclared

Gabe is a sophomore from Philadelphia who enjoys studying history, with a special focus on war and politics. He plays for the men's ultimate frisbee team, the Claremont Braineaters, and is in the leadership of the Jewish spiritual group Nishmat on the Claremont Colleges. He enjoys writing and skateboarding in his free time and loves taking trips into nature. He is excited to help CMC students bring the best of themselves to their writing endeavors.

 
Josh Gugenheim
Josh Guggenheim
Major: Management-Engineering

Josh is a sophomore studying Management-Engineering. He grew up in the Bay Area (Marin County) and is excited that he gets to continue to live in California. In his free time, Josh enjoys working with his Arduino microprocessor and turning his various technological ideas and designs into realities. This year, apart from working at the CWPD, Josh is establishing the CMC 3D Printing Club. Although his academic interests primarily lie in mathematics and sciences, he cherishes the opportunity to dive into great literature, discuss and debate topics raised in the texts, and translate those ideas into written papers. If you see Josh around campus, don’t hesitate to say hello!

 
Cameron Hendrickson
Cameron Hendrickson
Major: Government

Cameron is a freshman hailing all the way from Los Angeles, California. Her favorite things to do are watch bad movies, listen to podcasts, and freak out over the news. Cameron loves to brainstorm with writers because she enjoys learning about their ideas and knows how good it feels when you organize your thoughts. Also, correcting grammar is one of her hobbies, so feel free to bring her any of your complicated word-puzzles and she'll help you figure them out!.

 
Emma Henson
Emma Henson
Major: International Relations + Economics

Emma Henson is a sophomore from Sarasota, Florida studying International Relations and Economics. You can normally find her writing fiction, reading fiction, watching HBO shows, or looking for a new adventure. When not busy with school work, Emma likes to argue incessantly about politics, listen to any and all true crime podcasts, and try to work on her German. An avid supporter of the Oxford comma, Emma is excited to be a part of the CWPD team and to read your wonderful writing.

 
Jahnavi Kocha
Jahnavi Kocha
Major: Science + Management

Jahnavi is a sophomore studying Science and Management with an Environmental sequence. From Mumbai, India and having lived in Europe for a while, she loves to travel so talk to her about interesting experiences, adventure ideas or even 'home'. At CMC, Jahnavi spends time competing with the Debate Union, researching with EnviroLab Asia and The Lowe Institute of Political Economy and looking for table-tennis partners. Jahnavi is also hugely passionate about Claremont Women In Business and hopes to grow this network beyond our campus. When she is not discussing life or at the CWPD, you can find her at the Motley with good poetry and better tea.

 
Riya Kumar
Riya Kumar
Major: Psychology

Riya is a junior hailing from Chennai, India. While many complain about the lack of seasons in California, Riya only ever experienced one season back home - summer. Apart from the CWPD, she has been involved with the Berger Institute and Psych Club. After much deliberation in her sophomore year, she declared Psychology as her major. However, she naturally gravitates towards taking writing classes ranging from Chaucer to Modern Chinese Politics. She has a passion for organizing writing and reverse outlining, and enjoys working with students at CMC.

 
Caity Kwun
Caity Kwun
Major: Neuroscience

Caity is a sophomore from the snowy mountains of Utah. When she isn't at CWPD, you can find her golfing, looking for new music, enjoying the great outdoors, deciding what her next meal will be, or all of the above. Most TV shows are fair game for discussion, but she has a soft spot for This Is Us. She loves helping writers in all stages of writing in any way she can, and can't wait to meet you!

 
Silvia LeBlanc
Silvia LeBlanc
Major: Government

Silvia is a junior from Sugar Land, Texas. She is a Biology major, and aspires to attend medical school. Silvia has spent a fair amount of time finding her way, and has changed her major over three times. She enjoys tutoring her friends in Chemistry and Biology, and is excited to help her peers with their writing at the CWPD. Silvia loves the outdoors, and enjoys running, swimming, and playing basketball. She also likes reading National Geographic magazines, watching Planet Earth, and drawing dragons in her free time. Despite being known as “butterfingers” for her lack of hand coordination, she also enjoys throwing the football. Silvia is always eager to explore new trails, and has gotten lost a couple of times in the process. She is quite challenged at navigation–especially when it comes to driving–but Silvia never turns down an opportunity for adventure.

 
Melissa Muller
Melissa Muller
Major: Government

Melissa is a sophomore from the bae area in Northern California. She doesn't know what she's majoring in, so if you have advice please tell her what to do with her life. To avoid her work, Melissa procrastinates by reading The Economist, taking walks, and worrying about governmental infringements on privacy. She wants to read all of your papers, especially if they are for government classes, and is generally interested in your life. Some day she will break away from society to live off the grid.

 
Amiya Narula
Amiya Narula
Majors: International Relations + Spanish

Amiya is a sophomore from New Delhi, India. She is an International Relations and Spanish dual major but also loves Literature. When she was 16 she moved away to boarding school in Costa Rica and spent her last two years of high school hanging out with sloths and iguanas. On campus, Amiya competes with the Model UN team and works as an Events Commissioner for ASCMC. Amiya absolutely loves coffee and makes her own, so find her if you’re looking for someone to drink coffee and talk about life or literature with. She loves to make bad jokes and can often be found at the hub harassing all of her friends who have to listen to her. She is super excited to be working at the CWPD and can’t wait to meet new people and talk about new ideas.

 
Andrew Ock
Andrew Ock
Major: International Relations

Andrew is a sophomore planning to dual major in International Relations and Literature. He is from Long Island, New York, which means that he is unwilling to say LA>NY due to his strong ties with his home state. Outside of CWPD, he loves to hike, have meaningful conversations, and meet new people. Andrew also enjoys trying different types of food at various restaurants, so if you ever want to try something new, hit him up! He enjoys working with students and helping them develop their passion in writing!

 
Sam Peterson
Sam Peterson
Major: Math/Econ

Sam is a junior Applied Math/Econ dual major from the seemingly infinite urban expanse surrounding Seattle. When not frustrating his peers with an obsession with logical explanations for the world's eccentricities, he can be found in his natural habitat, the Hub, where he gravitates towards watching soccer. In his spare time, which doesn't exist, he often contemplates his love of clear, concise communication and its pervasive persuasiveness. When not at the CWPD, Sam can be found in the Roberts Environmental Center or Lowe Institute. He is also known for being a FYG and writing for the esteemed Golden Antlers. To Sam, the CWPD is the perfect vessel for promoting elegant writing and, more importantly, for supporting writers.

 
Chandler Presson
Chandler Presson
Major: Literature

Chandler is a freshman from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in Literature. While not at the CWPD, you can find her reading a book somewhere grassy on campus, working at the Ath, or arguing over the necessity of the Oxford comma (definitely a necessity). Chandler enjoys working at the CWPD because she believes every student has the ability to be confident in their writing. If you ever need someone to geek out with over Harry Potter, then Chandler's your girl!

 
Emily Segal
Emily Segal
Majors: Literature and Spanish

Emily Segal is a Literature and Spanish dual major from Santa Monica, California. When she was younger, she sometimes spent her free time writing alternate endings to science fiction novels. Emily is excited to work at the CWPD because she believes in the process of writing and would like to add this job to the list of things she enjoys along with English breakfast tea, hiking, and environmental documentaries. You can probably find her in the Motley, perusing study abroad programs and dreaming of all the places she hopes to visit one day.

 
Sophia Robinson
Sophia Robinson
Majors: Media Studies & History

Sophia is a sophomore dual majoring in Media Studies and History. She has lived in Madagascar and Ukraine but most recently has escaped from Washington, D.C., preferring California to Capitol Hill. Around school, you can find her reading outside the History offices or in Poppa, frantically typing an essay after drinking too much coffee. In her free time she reads novel, makes art, and plays Bananagrams competitively. Sophia has a special love for film and TV dramas, so if you want to chat about movies or give her your password for your HBO GO account she will happily accept. She will read anything from your screenplay to your thesis, and Sophia has a special talent for unscrambling messy outlines.

 
Zoey Ryu
Zoey Ryu
Major(s): Government & Literature; Ethics Sequence + Korean (Language Help)

Zoey is a dual citizen of America and South Korea and calls both places “home.” She loves traveling and if you talk to her about possible destinations, she will try and convince you to visit her in Korea. You can get her to attend any event, as long as there is free coffee. In her free time, she writes minimalist poetry, takes walks, listens to Broadway music, and teaches yoga. She can’t wait to meet you at CWPD!

 
Yoana Sidzhimova
Yoana Sidzhimova
Major: International Relations

Yoana is a freshman from Glenview, IL majoring in International Relations. In addition to working at the CWPD, Yoana is on Claremont McKenna's Model UN team and works as an analyst for the Claremont Consulting Group. In her free time, Yoana loves finding new coffee shops with pleasant study environments that feed her love for caffeine. Yoana likes the new perspective on writing the CWPD grants her and enjoys bonding with peers who have a passion for improving their writing. If you have a love for foreign policy and inquiring into the motives behind nations' actions, don't be afraid to eagerly approach Yoana wherever you might see her!

 
Cheryl Smith
Cheryl Smith
Major: EEP

Cheryl is a sophomore majoring in Environment, Economics, and Politics, who comes from the dynamic city of Glasgow, Scotland. To her, the CWPD is an amazing place for all students to talk freely about their writing, and Cheryl is always happy to discuss your writing with you. On campus, Cheryl is a First Year Guide and a member of the 5C animal shelter volunteer club. When not at the CWPD, you can find her jogging around the 5Cs, writing in her room, or in lab at Keck.

 
Julie Tran
Julie Tran
Major: Government + Literature

Julie is a sophomore from sunny San Diego, California. She is a Government and Literature dual major, and loves to read and write. When she isn't working at the CWPD, she works on the Social Innovation and Impact team at KLI, writes for the international journalism lab at the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and volunteers in community service projects with the Claremont Colleges Circle K club. On any given day, you can find her drinking boba (a lot of boba), reading Shakespeare (he's a genius!), and/or organizing her Google calendar. She is extremely excited to help foster and support writers on campus, and further improve herself as a writer.

 
Sofia Trigo
Sofia Trigo
Major: PPE

Sofia is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with an interest in literature and history. Growing up in New York City means Sofia loves meeting new people, eating great food, and drinking coffee. At CMC, Sofia works as a journalist for the Kravis Leadership Institute, a reporter for "The Forum" newspaper, and a writer for bi-partisan publication "The Radius". Off campus, Sofia loves to travel, to play soccer, and to watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She loves being part of the CWPD community and enjoys building meaningful connections with student-writers!

 
Melanie Wolfe
Melanie Wolfe
Major: Government

Melanie is a sophomore hailing from South Florida and majoring in Government with a Public Policy sequence, which she can assure you is way more fun than it sounds! She loves political science, but also numbers...and definitely chocolate. You can find her baking in Janie's kitchen, reading ebooks from the various libraries from which she (mostly legally) has acquired cards, or working on policy programming for the new 5C chapter of the Roosevelt Institute network. She'd love to read your papers about government, philosophy, or the world, and if you really can't find her, just track down her planner, in which every moment of her day is accounted for.

 
Benjamin Wolters
Benjamin Wolters
Major: Biology

Ben is a sophomore who loves to connect with new people. He is an approachable consultant and understands that the writing process can seem daunting to anybody. His goal as a CWPD consultant is to help students see the liberating side of writing that students often lose sight of at school. Ben has lots of consulting experience from SOURCE and uses it to approach new ideas and subjects at the CWPD. Outside of school you will find Ben attempting to learn the piano or reminiscing on his days as a baseball player. Ben's favorite part of writing is untangling convoluted ideas and transforming them into clear and powerful arguments. If you are looking to become a more concise writer give Ben a visit!

 
Becca Zimmerman
Becca Zimmerman
Major: PPE & History

Becca hails from Philadelphia, which is also the topic of her senior thesis which she will not stop talking about. A dual major in History and PPE, you can usually find Becca breaking printers in Poppa with her 300-page reading assignments or at the Hub getting some sun. Becca is excited to help with any stage of the writing process in any topic--especially if there are Nerds and Sour Patch Watermelon involved.